Sterling Marlin officially has taken up the cause of preserving racing at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.
The two-time Daytona 500 winner and several other members of the local racing community announced Wednesday the formation of Tennessee Racing Association, LLC, “with the single mission of procuring the rights to continue the history of automobile racing at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.”
“The history of the Nashville track is known nearly around the world,” Marlin said in a release announcing the partnership. “And we’re committed to seeing that continue in a positive way.”
Marlin was a three-time track champion at the Fairgrounds who later competed — and won — at stock car racing’s highest level.
Chad Chaffin, Neil Chaffin, Mike Alexander and Ricky Bolden — all of whom won multiple track championships at the venue — have joined Marlin in this endeavor as have Wayne Day, Bill Freeman, Mark Miles, Donald Mingus, Donnie Redd and Johnny Turner.
Everyone in the partnership has been involved in the local racing scene in some way, and combined, they boast more than 250 years of racing experience and more than regional titles.
“We want to bring the sport to another generation, the way it was given to us,” Chad Chaffin said. “We believe the track should be a benefit to the Tennessee State Fair Board and the surrounding community. And we believe we have the best organization to accomplish the three tasks of continuing the sport, being good neighbors to the community and providing a positive revenue stream for the Fair Board.”